I mean ever.
I know the political punditry will say over and over again that Obama won because McCain did not provide a knockout punch.
Have you ever seen one of the George Bush debates?
He lost every debate he was ever in and still managed win the election for President twice. (Yes, twice)
John Kerry wiped the floor with Bush and it meant nothing.
I did see something I did not plan on seeing, despite the media total ignorance on the issue.
Even though McCain had a couple of gaffes, like the Warren Buffet thing and the bailout of American homeowners- there were no real stingers. Yes, the Main Street wants to hear that they will get some help, not just the Wall Streeters. I know the Michelle Malkin types are probably screaming, but that is just politics. Despite popular belief, the bailout plan was not $700 billion immediately, it was for $350 billion. In order to get the other $350 billion, it would take another act of Congress. I was a little curious what Congress and now John McCain plan on doing with the other $350 billion that is not really approved yet. Apparently John McCain has joined the Mike Huckabee populist plan- tell them what they want to hear.
The Buffet thing was just strange.
Still- no major gaffes from McCain.
However, despite the media's insistance, Barack Obama did have some major gaffes.
Politics 101- you never ever never ever never ever tell any single person that the major concerns in their lives are not your most important concerns.
The moment Barack Obama started prioritizing energy, health care and entitlements, is one of the most major gaffes I have ever seen. Yet the media has not picked up on it yet.
Imagine telling the senior citizen that their concerns over social security are not your top priority. Or perhaps you are telling sick little Timmy's family that health care is not at the top of your priority list.
Even though the candidates were asked to list their priorities, McCain did not fall into that trap and told of the importance of all of them.
Why would a single senior citizen vote for Obama now that they know that they are not at the top of Obama's list????
What has Obama told us, it will take 10 years for energy independence????
Oh goody, the senior citizens and the sick and poor will just have to wait until Barack is done fixing the energy crisis first. (Also, Obama did mention "education" as his number three priority. Not only were they not asked about education, but now the teachers have got to be spinning their heads this morning. Imagine being number three behind the oil companies and the insurance/health care industry) Uh! Oh!!! Yikes!!!!
Obama also made some other major gaffes, such as his answer on defending Israel:
If, despite your best diplomatic efforts, Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit U.S. troops in support and defense of Israel? Or would you wait on approval from the U.N. Security Council?
Still waiting for a yes or no from Obama on this one.
And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it.
And we will never take military options off the table. And it is important that we don't provide veto power to the United Nations or anyone else in acting in our interests.
It is important, though, for us to use all the tools at our disposal to prevent the scenario where we've got to make those kinds of choices.
Obama talks of preventing a attack on Israel, and saying that he won't take any options off the table, but that still did not answer the question.
Yes or no????? I bet their are a few Jewish folks out there that would like an answer.
There is plenty of fodder in Obama's answers to give every American pause. The question is, did Americans stay awake long enough to hear all of Barack's vague answers???